Paper Towns Ending Quote Movie In Essay

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This is my third installment of “Book to Screen” and the same issue has popped up (to varying degrees) in all three of them; it’s especially difficult for someone, something or a chain of events to have the same weight in 90 to 120 minutes of screen time as it does in, let’s say, a 336-page book. Jake Schreier’s adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns is a fine film filled with strong performances, charming characters and worthy coming-of-age lessons, but there’s no denying that Quentin’s (Nat Wolff) quest to track down Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) feels far more challenging, suspenseful and meaningful in the book.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for both Paper Towns the book and Paper Towns the movie.

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1. “What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person.”

2. “I like this. I like the consistency. I like that I can drive fifteen hours from home without the world changing too much.”

3. “Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thing and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.”

4. “I knew these halls so well — and finally it was starting to feel like they knew me, too.”

5. “Forever is composed of nows.”

6. “Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs. And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be the last; the last shall be the first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting. But before we can radically reshape the world, we need to shop.”

7. “I imagine it is hard to go back once you’ve felt the continents in your palm.”

8. “This was the first time in my life that so many things would never happen again.”

9. “We can hear others, and we can travel to them without moving, and we can imagine them, and we are all connected one to the other by a crazy root system like so many leaves of grass — but the game makes me wonder whether can really ever fully become another.”

10. “It is so hard to leave — until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

11. “Humans lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.”

12. “You keep expecting people not to be themselves.”

13. “I always felt like you had to be important to have enemies.”

14. “New York was the only place in America where a person could actually live a halfway livable life.”

15. “The physical space between us evaporates. We play the broken strings of our instruments one last time.”

16. “I can almost imagine a happiness without her, the ability to let her go, to feel our roots are connected even if I never see that leaf of grass again.”

17. “The day passed as it always did — in slow motion, with a thousand plaintive glances at the clock. But now it was even more unbearable, because every minute I waste din school was another minute in which I failed to find her.”

18. “Nothing is as boring as other people’s dreams.”

19. “Such was life that morning: nothing really mattered that much, not the good things and not the bad ones. We were in the business of mutual amusement, and we were reasonably prosperous.”

20. “And when I say that her hand brushes up against mine, and I just grab hers because it feels like there is less to ruin now.”

21. “Once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable.”

22. “If it doesn’t happen to you, it doesn’t happen at all.”

23. “There are so many people. It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined.”

24. “The town was paper, but the memories were not. All the things I’d done here, all the love and pity and compassion and violence and spite, kept welling up inside me.”

25. “Maybe she had sat here in the cacophonous darkness and felt some kind of desperation take her over, and maybe she found it impossible to unthink the thought of death.”

26. “At least I carpe’d that one diem.”

27. “Even though I could see her there, I felt entirely alone among these big and empty buildings, like I’d survived the apocalypse and the world had been given to me, this whole and amazing and endless world, mine for the exploring.”

28. “I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.”

29. “I think the future deserves our faith.”

30. “I’ve never seen her eyes dead like that, but then again, maybe I’ve never seen her eyes before.”

31. “I don’t know how I look, but I know how I feel: Young. Goofy. Infinite.”

32. “It’s kind of great, being an idea that everybody likes.”

33. “Maybe the strings break, or maybe our ships sink, or maybe we’re grass — our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is still alive. We don’t suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters.”

34. “Everything’s uglier close up.”

35. “I always liked routine. I suppose I never found boredom very boring. I doubted I could explain it to someone like Margo, but drawing circles through life struck me as a kind of reasonable insanity.”


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